Human chain protesting case against Prothom Alo journo | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, June 02, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 02:04 AM, June 02, 2020

Human chain protesting case against Prothom Alo journo

Journalists formed a human chain in front of Baufal Press Club on Sunday protesting filing of local Jubo League activist Taposh Kumar murder case against ABM Mizanur Rahman, Baufal correspondent of Prothom Alo.

Journalists Jitendra Nath Roy, Kamruzzaman Bachchu, Jasim Uddin and Mizan's father Abdus Salam and son Affan, among others, took part in the human chain. Mizan, now an executive member of the running executive committee, was the general secretary of the press club for two times.

The speakers at the programme strongly protested the case filed against Mizan with the intention to harass him.

Most of the journalists have been intimidated by a quarter for not participating in the human chain, they alleged.

Kamruzzaman Bachchu, general secretary of Baufal Press Club, said Mizan was not present in the beginning of the incident.

"Mizan arrived at the spot after receiving phone calls from several journalists including me. Mizan was performing his professional duties with us, but he has been accused in the murder case. It is very sad," said Bachchu.

Bachchu also demanded immediate withdrawal of the case against Mizan.

Mizan's father Abdus Salam Mia, a retired government officer, said "My son is being harassed repeatedly for doing reports on various irregularities in newspapers."

Earlier, his son was charged in six cases including those for extortion and robbery, but later all the cases were proved false, said Salam.

On May 24, on the eve of Eid, Taposh Kumar was killed in a clash between two factions of ruling Awami League (AL) over erection of a pylon with the health guidelines of the prime minister to prevent the spread of coronavirus at the empty space on the road in front of Zila Parishad Dakbanglo.

The following day, Pankaj Chandra Das, elder brother of the deceased, filed a murder case against 35 people including mayor of Baufal municipality and also joint general secretary of the district AL Ziaul Haque Jewel and journalist Mizanur Rahman. Mizanur is the 20th accused in the case.

Simon, an accused of the case, has been arrested, police said.

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